He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love.
But. …They are brother and sister.
Forbidden will take you on an extraordinary emotional journey. Passionate and shocking, this is a book you will remember long after you have put it down.
– Publishers Blurb
Wow. Just wow.
This was a pretty powerful read. Definitely one that sends your emotions twisting one way and then another.
Only a year or so apart in age Lochlan and Maya, have been best friends forever, and throughout the book that friendship develops in ways it most certainly shouldn’t. Because Lochlan and Maya are also brother and sister.
When their father emigrated to Australia with his new wife and family, their mother, never the most committed parent in the world, mostly leaves the household jobs and upbringing of their three younger siblings to them. A job they’ve been doing since their early teens.
Now, seventeen and sixteen respectively, they are acting parents to their little family, desperately trying to keep things going and the family together, making sure the money their mother reluctantly gives them, pays all the bills and buys the food. All this whilst keeping on top of things at school, if the Social Services realise their mother had abdicated all responsibility to her family in favour of her latest beau and her next drink, what’s left of their family will be torn apart.
Have to say, I’ve rarely hated someone as much as the mother in this book. President Snow? Professor Umbridge? Voldemort?…
Their evil, pales into insignificance to this woman’s.
Even without what happens between the two, this is an emotionally difficult book to read.
Just the sheer difficulties they face together and overcome, their younger brother Kit, who is a typical rebellious teenager, made all the more so by the fact the ‘parents’ he is rebelling against are his older siblings, he’s very close to going off the rails. And Lochan, whilst he’s very intelligent, suffers from a horrible debilitating shyness in social situations.
There is a lot more going on in this book, than incest.
But then, there is the relationship between Lochlan and Maya, and two people who deserve the joy of finding love with each other, you’ll be hard to find. And it’s very sensitively handled (just a warning though, there is no ‘fade-to-black’ whilst it is sensitively handled, the development of their relationship happens on the page, not hidden away,) despite knowing it’s wrong, you will root for them, and cheer every little bit closeness they can find.
Only, they can’t be allowed to find that kind of happiness. Can they?…
The foreboding in this book is almost painful at times, and yet like a car-crash you can’t look away, you have to follow their story through to the inevitable explosive conclusion.
A conclusion I have no shame in admitting had tears running down my face.
I may have made this sound like a hard book to read, but in reality it is and it isn’t. Tabitha Suzuma has managed to make an exceptionally difficult subject matter, an incredibly easy one to read.
And the mother? Still hate her.
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